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About Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band from Birmingham, originally comprising Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). In the early '70s they were the first to pair heavily distorted, sonically dissonant blues-rock (when preforming with Black Sabbath as vocalist, Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford, introduced Tony Iommi as "The man that invented the heavy metal riff") at slow speeds with lyrics about drugs, mental pain and abominations of war (they came from Aston, a poor district of Birmingham damaged by bombing during World War II), thus giving birth to generations upon generations of metal bands that followed in their wake. Aside from practically starting the genre of heavy metal, Black Sabbath also directly influenced many metal subgenres with their sound and imagery. Examples can be seen especially in doom and stoner metal, which are directly descended from Black Sabbath's original sound, with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Into the Void", "Hand of Doom" and others showcasing Black Sabbath's staple doom sound. Other subgenres influenced by Sabbath's sound also include speed and thrash metal on the opposite side, "Paranoid" and "Symptom of the Universe" are considered early examples of these genres. Black Sabbath's use of hell, death, satan and horror as imagery also greatly influenced heavy metal, as these themes are prevalent in nearly all heavy metal genres. Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to "Polka Tulk"), and later Earth. Initially a blues-rock band, Earth moved in a darker direction when their bassist, Geezer Butler, a fan of the black magic novels of Dennis Wheatley, wrote lyrics for an occult-themed song titled "Black Sabbath" (the song name was inspired by a 1963 Mario Bava film), and Tony Iommi wrote a riff based on the tritone, sometimes called "diablos in musica" ("the Devil in Music"). In their Last Supper concert film, the band stated that the song is based on an experience Geezer had one night when he saw a black object at the end of his bed and noticed the next day that an occult book Ozzy had given him was missing. When the band found themselves being confused with another local band called Earth, they adopted the song title as their new name. As the band evolved, they added more European folk elements and gothic flourishes to their sound, that was not like any other group during their time. Their lyrics dealt with darker issues than most conventional rock. Towards the late '60s, bands were into the peace movement and the dying hippie culture, whilst Sabbath chose to distinguish themselves by dealing with heavier issues; the occult, war, apocalypse, drugs, and gothic storytelling. Their music also conveyed a sense of anger and anti-establishment, the likes of which had never been heard before. It was this mix of dark lyrical themes and a slower, ominous sound that made Black Sabbath a significant element in the genre that would later be known as heavy metal. Despite their doom-laden image, much of the group's early material featured acoustic guitars, piano, symphony orchestras, keyboards, and even horns. After the band's first four albums, the group became increasingly psychedelic, experimental and progressive, leaving much of their dark metal roots behind. The last two Osbourne-fronted albums, Technical Ecstasy (1976) and Never Say Die! (1978) left a lot of fans dissatisfied with the band, as drugs and alcohol abuse began to take its toll on each member. Osbourne was fired in 1978 for becoming increasingly unstable and unwilling to work with the material that, by this time, Tony Iommi was writing more or less entirely himself. Osbourne started a highly successful solo career in 1980. In 1979 Tony Iommi recruited former Rainbow members; singer Ronnie James Dio and bassist Craig Gruber. Gruber was recruited because Geezer Butler was unhappy with Osbourne's departure, and was rumoured to have quit the band. Gruber was dismissed and Geezer rejoined. Black Sabbath's first album with Dio, Heaven And Hell, proved to be a success, and saw the band's highest American charting since 1975's Sabotage. It was on this tour that Dio popularized the "devil horns" hand gesture, which has since become a symbol of heavy metal music in general. The album also marked the inclusion of Quartz's guitarist-turned-keyboardist Geoff Nicholls (Nicholls has not been consistently credited as an official member, and has always been forced to play live shows from off stage (except on the Seventh Star tour in 1986 where he played on stage) for supposed aesthetic purposes, but he has co-written many songs and has stayed with Black Sabbath through all subsequent incarnations, until he finally left in 2004. Adam Wakeman, son of Rick Wakeman, took over in 2005). Also during the tour, drummer Bill Ward quit the band for personal reasons (both his parents died within a rather short period, and Ward was struggling with alcoholism and other addictions). Drummer Vinny Appice joined to complete the tour and then record the next album Mob Rules, in which an early version of the title track appeared in the movie Heavy Metal. Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice left the band after supposed disputes over the mixing of the live album Live Evil, and pursued a solo career together. Black Sabbath re-enlisted drummer Bill Ward, and, along with ex-Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan (who agreed to join the band whilst heavily intoxicated), released Born Again in 1983. It reached a respectable #2 in the UK music charts, a success not seen since Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, ten years previously. However, the album was not received particularly fondly by critics or fans alike, and not even by singer Ian Gillan. The tour that followed was to provide a wealth of material for the spoof documentary on rock 'n' roll culture, Spinal Tap. Drummer Bill Ward was still recovering from poor health and so did not tour for the Born Again album. Instead, fellow Brummie Bev Bevan, formerly of The Move and the Electric Light Orchestra, took to the drumstool for the tour obligations. Once the tour was over, Ian Gillan left the band to rejoin his Mk.2 Deep Purple band mates. From here on the line-ups of Black Sabbath changed unrelentlessly, with Tony Iommi being the only constant member. Between 1986 and 1995 Black Sabbath released 7 studio albums and one live album, including a reunion album with the Mob Rules line-up (1992's Dehumanizer). In 1997 the original line-up reunited for a proper world tour (as opposed to the one-off Live Aid in 1985, and Costa Mesa gigs on Ozzy's "Farewell" tour in 1992) and have toured on and off since. Currently the Mob Rules line-up have reunited once more under the banner "Heaven & Hell" and are toured the world in 2007, promoting Black Sabbath - The Best of: the Dio Years featuring three new tracks and a release of Black Sabbath Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1982. They released a live CD/DVD and are currently writing material for a new album, tentatively due for a late 2008 release. VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock' ranked them second, behind Led Zeppelin. They were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Black Sabbath Discography: Black Sabbath (1970) Paranoid (1970) Master of Reality (1971) Vol. 4 (1972) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) Sabotage (1975) Technical Ecstasy (1976) Never Say Die! (1978) Live at Last (1980) Heaven & Hell (1980) Mob Rules (1982) Live Evil (1983) Born Again (1983) Seventh Star (1986) The Eternal Idol (1987) Headless Cross (1989) Tyr (1990) Dehumanizer (1992) Cross Purposes (1994) Cross Purposes Live (1994) Forbidden (1995) Reunion (1997) Live at Hammersmith Odeon (2007) Alphabetical Personnel: Don Airey - keyboards Vinny Appice - drums Bev Bevan - drums Mike Bordin - drums Jo Burt - bass Geezer Butler - bass Terry Chimes - drums Gordon Copely - bass Laurence Cottle - bass Bob Daisley - bass Ronnie James Dio - vocals Dave Donato - vocals Ian Gillan - vocals Ray Gillen - vocals Rob Halford - vocals Glenn Hughes - vocals Tony Iommi - guitar Ron Keel - vocals Tony Martin - vocals Neil Murray - bass Geoff Nicholls - keyboards Ozzy Osbourne - vocals Cozy Powell - drums Bobby Rondinelli - drums Eric Singer - drums Dave Spitz - bass Adam Wakeman - keyboards Rick Wakeman - keyboards Dave Walker - vocals Bill Ward - drums Jezz Woodruffe - keyboards Thanks to Joe Siegler of !!
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4 / 5
As always putting on a great show!
Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas, NV
Mar 06, 2019
5 / 5
First concert happened to be great
Northwell Health @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
Nov 01, 2023
5 / 5
What do you think
Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA
Sep 25, 2018
5 / 5
Black Sabbath Rules!!!
Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Aug 31, 2018
4 / 5
Great !
Acer Arena Sydney Nsw, Australia
Aug 12, 2019
5 / 5
Amazing!!! Outstanding!!!
Praça da Apoteose Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
May 05, 2019
5 / 5
First Direct Arena Leeds, United Kingdom
Sep 13, 2019
4 / 5
Last chance!!
Manchester Arena Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 04, 2018
5 / 5
Loved it.
The O2 Arena London, United Kingdom
Jan 15, 2022
5 / 5
DTE Energy Music Theater Clarkston, MI
Jun 20, 2022

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